Tristram La Roche

Livianus is bored and longs for action. His reward for serving Rome is the governorship of a quiet corner of Gaul, but as he whiles away his days at his sumptuous villa, his thoughts turn to Attila the Hun, the feared barbarian with whom Livianus once enjoyed an intimate friendship. When a desperate emperor asks him to return to Pannonia to broker a truce with Attila, Livianus's old passion flares.

Attila is losing the will to go on. He is tired of being a tyrant but his people's future depends on him. The arrival of Livianus renews Attila's spirit as he prepares to march on Constantinople. Livianus has nothing to bargain with, but when the emperor's sister delivers a proposition for Attila, a new and brighter future seems to lay directly ahead. For the people, and especially for the two men.

But the deadly hand of the emperor isn't interested in peace, and as their plans are destroyed, only one course of action remains open to the Hun and the general.

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Reviews of The Hun and the General

"Tristram La Roche successfully paints Attila the Hun as a sympathetic hero without diminishing his legend as a formidable warrior, something I wouldn’t have thought possible until reading The Hun and the General. Attila’s relationship with a man, who for all intents and purposes should be his sworn enemy, is entirely believable. These are two men who admire each other’s intellect and skill, and respect each other as peers and friends, which figured believably into this erotic and interesting story." Top 2 Bottom Reviews

"This is not a story for the faint of heart. It's bold, brutal and cruel, yet Tristram's portrayal of these events makes it compelling because even with the dark side of the story, it is so well written that I wanted to see it through. I'd recommend 'The Hun and The General' to anyone who can appreciate a graphically told history lesson, intertwined with a great deal of poetic license to create a dynamic effect. Thank you, Tristram, for a very unique look into this era of time." Lena Gray, QMO Books

"Tristram La Roche takes us far back in time for his latest novella and does an excellent job of it too. This is certainly not the history your teacher told you about! It is creative, imaginative and the sex is hot, urgent and earthy (there is a pun there but you'll have to read the story to find out. I don't do spoilers!). La Roche just keeps getting better. The tone of this novella is distinct from any of his previous work and the language he uses works well in this setting. Looking forward to the next from this already prolific author. Highly recommended for adults." Catherine Cavendish

"The Hun and The General is a love story set in violent times. This is isn't a traditional 'soft' romance, and I found the relationship between the two strong male characters both captivating and intriguing. Tristram builds the tension leading up to the men meeting very nicely and the chemistry between Attila and Livianus is well written. Their friendship is heart warming, and the erotic scenes between these two men are very masculine, down to earth (literally in one case), and powerfully sensual. There are a couple of twists along the way, perhaps brutal to our eyes now, but in fitting with the time in which the story is set. I love short stories and novellas - this was a very enjoyable evening's read." Julia Kavan

"...anyone who likes alpha men getting it on will probably enjoy it." Erastes, Speak Its Name


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About Tristram La Roche

Tristram La Roche was born in London and spent much of his childhood in Europe. His career has included tourism and yacht charter, as well as a brief period working as a freelance journalist. His interests include travel, art, theatre, cinema, books, cars and current affairs, and he is passionate about the rights of the GLBT community.

Always an avid reader, Tristram turned his hand to writing relatively recently. In less than a year he had four novellas published. As someone who grew up in less liberal times, he wants to help break down the barriers that still exist for GLBT citizens. His vehicle, surprise surprise, is his fiction. He writes MM - or gay fiction - with a bit of an edge, and likes to touch on a few sore points.

Tristram lives between London and the North of England with his civil partner. He is always happy to hear from his readers.


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An Interview with Tristram La Roche
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Tristram, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Hun and the General. First can you tell us where you got the idea for this exciting new tale of Attila the Hun?

Tris: To tell you the truth, it was really a challenge thrown to me by a fan. She said why doesn't someone write about Attila the Hun and make him a sub? So I did. I always like a challenge.

HH: What can you tell us about Livianus and why will readers relate to him?

Tris: He's a wise man, too intelligent to be wasting his years in early retirement. He longs to be active again, to be doing something, and he longs for his old lover, the fearsome Hun warrior. What we see in Livianus is someone who always knows the right the thing to do, who is not afraid to take action when needed, yet someone who has a soft, human side. He makes sacrifices for the greater good.

HH: What can you tell us about Attila and why will readers love him?

Tris: Attila is a warrior king. His people look to him for security and they expect him to be infallible. And he is tough, cruel, unbending. But he's only human. He is tired of having to be so strong and he needs support. He finds his outlet in Livianus. It is with another alpha male that Attila can reveal his weakness, not with a woman.

HH: What sort of research was required of you to bring this tale so stunningly to life?

Tris: I know quite a lot about ancient Rome but not about The Huns. I soon found out that very little is known about them, but I got my hands on what books I could and tried to make the story as true to the time as possible. I think The Huns, and in particular Attila, have been misunderstood and it would be interesting to know more about their society.

HH: How did you go about creating the world in which their story takes place?

Tris: Well that came from the reading I did on them.  I also studied maps - ancient and modern - and books about the geographical area. I've been to Pannonia - but of course it doesn't exist these days!

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

Tris: Right now I am contemplating wiriting a SciFi. But I need a challenge!

HH: Where can readers find all of your works?

Tris: At my website where I have reviews, interviews and buylinks:

HH: What would we find in your to-be-read pile?

Tris: Ah, you may be surprised. Right now I have The Devil Insider Her by Catherine Cavendish, The Blue Eyed Boy by Joanne Harris and Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis.

HH: What other in person or online appearances will you be making this year?

Tris: None so far. I have no other requests at this point but no doubt something will crop up.

HH: When you're not reading or promoting you like to __________?

Tris: Oh, take your pick really! Cook, eat, watch films, listen to music, travel.

HH: Thank you!


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